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Patricia B. Strope

6/13/1944 - 1/11/2019

PEKIN ~ Patricia Barbara “Patty” Strope, 74, of Pekin, passed away at 9:39 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019 at her home.

Born June 13, 1944 in Newark, New Jersey to Joseph Norman, Jr. and Anne Caroline (Jankowski) Tittel, she married William Henry “Bill” Strope on July 21, 1963 in Pekin.  He survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Grace (Carl) Dane of Pekin; one son, Mike Gianessi; four granddaughters, Anne (Tyler) Mattice, Emilee (Chad) Railey, Mercedes (Father James) Forero, Maria Gianessi; two grandsons, Cole Gianessi and Andrew Dane; three great-granddaughters, Avery and Kinsey Mattice and Addylen Railey; one great-grandson, Isaac Gianessi; one sister, Jacqueline Tittel of Woodbridge, New Jersey and one brother, James Tittel of Woodbridge, New Jersey.  She also leaves a daughter-in-law, Jean Strope of Pekin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, William Joseph “Billy” Strope on December 2, 2016; one brother Joseph Tittel, III and three sisters, Jeanette Mance, Marianne Cliff and Nancy Tittel.

Patty was a loving wife, mother, Mimi, “Girlfriend” and friend.  She enjoyed bowling on a league, playing bunco, singing karaoke and was an avid fisherwoman.  She loved to watch the Chicago Bears and Cubs play and spending time with family and friends.  She had a passionate soul and vivacious spirit.  She touched the hearts of everyone she met and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date.  Per Patricia’s request, cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Illinois CancerCare Foundation, 8940 North Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL  61615 or to American Cancer Society, 4234 north Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL  61614.

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